Chronic Pain? Retrain Your Brain

If painful arthritis interferes with your life and dominates your thoughts, consider working with a behavioral health specialist, who can help you with pain control. Acute pain plays an important role in our well-being by alerting us to an injury, such as a wound or broken bone. But chronic pain is more complicated.

Ask The Doctors: April 2018

How can I strengthen my core muscles? Any machines at the gym I should use? Ive had one cortisone shot in my arthritic knee. Its hurting again. How many of these can I safely get?

In The News: April 2018

After declining every year from 2002 to 2012, the rate of hip fractures among women age 65 and older in the United States leveled off at rates higher than were expected, leading to a rise in the overall number of hip fractures. The findings, reported in the journal Osteoporosis International (December 2017), were based on an analysis of Medicare claims data from 2002 to 2015. The researchers found that the rate of hip fractures began to plateau in 2013.

Treating a Labral Tear

Pain in the groin and a feeling of instability at the hip signals a problem inside the hip joint, possibly osteoarthritis. But these symptoms may also stem from a different condition, especially in young and middle-aged adults.

Understanding Opioid Addiction

With all the attention being paid to the problem of opioid abuse, you might hesitate to take these medications for any reason, fearing you might become addicted. While drug abuse is a serious problem, not everyone who takes opioids becomes addicted.

Walking for Wellness

We all walk, simply to get around. But upping the amount and intensity of walking has health benefits. Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Mary Morrison, PT, DScPT, recommends building more walking into your daily routine. And to get the greatest benefits, you need to continue to challenge yourself.

Coping with Psoriatic Arthritis

A greater understanding of psoriatic arthritis and an increasing number of medications available to treat it have had a major impact on relieving pain and improving function. But less attention is paid to some of the conditions that often accompany psoriatic arthritis. If you have this form of arthritis and are experiencing fatigue, sleep problems or depression, you are not alone.

Ask The Doctors: March 2018

Topical pain relievers can be one part of a multipronged approach to treating osteoarthritis. Some are available without a prescription. They may provide temporarily relief, especially if pain is not too severe. We talk a lot about cartilage in Arthritis Advisor because it is a key player in osteoarthritis. Cartilage is a tough, yet flexible, substance that covers the ends of bones everywhere there is a joint in your body.

Tips for Easing the Pain of Daily Tasks

You may think youre doing it right, but you could be shoveling snow wrong. And this may be unnecessarily adding to painful joint problems. Many household chores can present challenges to people with arthritis or back pain. The top tasks people complain about are snow shoveling, raking leaves, vacuuming and doing laundry, says Cleveland Clinic physical therapist Jeanne Markusic, MS, PT.

Choose Nourishing Protein

Our bodies, including our joints, function best when we eat whole nourishing foods, says Roxanne B. Sukol, MD, MS, in the Department of Preventive Medicine at Cleveland Clinics Wellness Institute. A diet that will help maintain a healthy weight and wont promote inflammation includes vegetables, beans, fruits and whole grains, but also fish, meat and dairy.

Knee Pain Treatment Targets Nerves

Osteoarthritis commonly affects the knee joint, which explains the hundreds of thousands of knee joint replacement surgeries performed every year. But surgery is an option only after non-surgical measures have failed. Even then, it is not the answer for everyone.

What to Eat in Winter

The colder months are here for many of us, and the time of plentiful fresh, local produce in farmers markets is behind us for now. But foods more readily available in the winter months can still pack a healthful, anti-inflammatory punch.